February 1, 2012

Foggy Weather and A Project At Dad's

Today the weather started out warm, but got colder as the morning went on.

A light fog came in.

I went out to my dad's house to work on a project. He said he would help me. :) As I was driving down his street, I stopped to grab a few shots of the foggy morning.

The farmer's field.

So, I hate to have to admit this, but I am a procrastinator. I'm sure anyone who has been following me for a while will attest to that. I have not started to work on my bentwood chairs that I posted about a long time ago. I really don't have a good workspace and definitely don't have the tools. So my daddy said he would help me and I should come for lunch too.

Here are the chairs before we started.

The caning is all broken, and my dad already cut me some plywood circles for new seats. I originally wanted to paint the chairs black, and I even bought the paint. But for some reason, I changed my mind and now I want them stained.

My dad cut away the top of the seat, but the caning goes in and out of those little holes four or five times each. We used a nail set/punch to push it through.

Here is one without the caning.

It took us about and hour and a half to get it all done.   We put a coat of paint stripper on the one chair to see if it would work. My dad had this stripper for a while and we didn't know if it was any good. Turns out it wasn't so we have to get some new stuff and try again. We watched The Price is Right and had lunch.

Right now, my dad's own project is a rocking horse for my niece's son.

It's nearly done, just has to be varnished and put together. Oh, plus it needs a tail and a mane.

While I was there, I looked through my mom's recipe box and found a bunch to copy. I also went through some old sheet music and grabbed a bit of that for a craft project.

Stay tuned for more on the bentwoods. Now that my dad is involved, they will actually get done!

Thanks for stopping in!


  1. I love the second picture of the fog.
    You are so lucky to have a dad that is handy and can help you out. The rocking horse is great!

  2. great chairs a awesome rocking horse nice to have great dad & nice grandpa can't wait to see these done!!!

  3. Wow! You take beautiful pictures! Makes me want to be there. I don't have a good workshop either...wish I did! I had to laugh about your changing your mind about painting wood. I have a hard time making myself do that too and tend to opt for stain! Nice blog and I'm your newest follower;)

  4. Did I mention I LOVE old chairs? these are beautiful! heck, I love anything OLD and WOOD these days! they just don't make'em like they used to, do they? Ditto on the rocky horse, very nice handy work!
    BTW - seeing these chairs reminds me I have two OLD hand carved chairs that I will post tonight. Thanks for stopping by my blog!